SECMD18: Day 1 What You Missed

SECMD18: Texas A&M, Kentucky, LSU

ATLANTA, GA (WAFF) - New faces in new places, and a new venue for SEC Media Days. The annual College football media gathering happened in Atlanta, Georgia for the first time since the inception of Media Days back in 1985. Three teams got the week started Monday.

Texas A&M started with a new coach in Jimbo Fisher. Fisher, who's worked in the SEC earlier in his coaching career, is now the head coach in College Station. Fisher is sporting a 10 year, $75 million contract.

"I kinda like it. It's never about the money, It never is," Fisher said on Monday.  "And from what I hear, the contract that Paul signed, I may be the second highest paid in this league. I think Finebaum got him a new deal didn't he. See y'all media passed the coaches, that's the rumor I'm hearing. You don't worry about that."

"When I first started coaching this game I was coaching at Samford and making less than 15-thousand dollars as an offensive coordinator I wasn't doing it for the money," continued Fisher. "You don't do it for the money then, and you don't do it for the money now. those contracts are great, but you're putting your name, your stamp on. And as long as I'm putting my name on it, no matter what I'm getting paid or what goes on, we're gonna be the best we can be."

The Kentucky Wildcats may have the best running back in the league in Bennie Snell, but head coach Mark Stoops wants to have the best team in the Eastern Division. The Wildcats beat three East Division teams for the first time in program history last season en route to their second straight bowl game last season.

"Exciting year. Our expectations have changed, starting with our coaches, our fan  base and our players," Stoops said Monday.  "The guys have worked hard, done the things necessary to be successful and have a good year, and I'm excited about the way we're going about our business."

9 wins aren't good enough in Baton rouge Louisiana. Head Coach Ed Orgeron hoping to take the  Bayou Bengals back to National Championship contention. To do that, a capable quarterback is needed. Orgeron may have his man in Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow.

"Joe loves football," Orgeron said Monday.  "He's in the office studying. He's very smart, very determined, he's in great shape. I watch him run, he's competing to be the first on all sprints. He's not first on all sprints, he's a competitor. he's quiet. he's working hard to earn the respect of his football team by doing the right things."

Day two of SEC Media Days continue Tuesday. Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Florida will be in attendance. 

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